• Best Time To Visit Bikaner
  • October - February
  • Distance From Major Cities To Bikaner
  • Jaipur-320 kms.
  • Delhi-615 kms.
  • Ahmedabad-945 kms.
  • Mumbai-1496 kms.
  • Weather in Bikaner
  • Summer 41.8C (Max) - 28C (Min)
  • Winter 23.2C (Max) - 5C (Min)
  • Rainfall is between 26 - 44 cms.

Bikaner


About Bikaner

 
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Bikaner lies in the north west of Rajasthan with international borders separating it from the adjacent country, Pakistan. The city falls in the desert lands of the Rajasthan.
Bikaner stands established on elevated arid lands, its old part surrounded by walls that go for seven kms and marked by fives entrance gates. The place is famous for its unique culture and outlook, as a trade centre for woolen articles and for its savoring Rasgullahs, Bhujias and Papads.
The foundation of Bikaner was laid by Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji, in the year 1488. The place at that time was called Jangladesh and featured uninhabited desert lands. Soon after its foundation, the place developed into a popular city and derived its name from the founder.
Bikaner is also famous as 'The Camel Country' and offers best camel rides in the world. The sand dunes, stretched out in artistic patterns; and camels, are a common sight at Bikaner. Add to this unique music, dance performances and the place turns out to be fantasy land.

Tourist Attractions in Bikaner

Junagarh Fort:

Junagarh Fort was constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, a general in the army of Mughal emperor Akbar, with embellishments in the form of palaces and Luxurious suites added by subsequent Maharajas.
This fort has a 986m-long wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances. The Surajpol or the 'Sun Gate' is the main entrance. ...more on Junagarh Fort in Bikaner

Lalgarh Palace:

This palace, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh, is an architectural wonder in the city of Bikaner. The palace features a medley of Rajputana, Mughal and European architecture and style of building....more on Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner

Karni Mata Temple:

One of the most renowned temple near Bikaner is Karni Mata Temple, situated in a small town named as Deshnok, located 30 km in the south from Bikaner on Jodhpur road. This beautiful town is known for the shrine of Karni Mata.
According to legends, Karni Mata once blessed Rao Bika (founder of Bikaner) to establish his kingdom here and will always be safe from enemies. This temple is unique in its own way ...more on Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner

Devi Kund:

Devi Kund is the site of the cenotaphs built in the memory of Bika Royal Family. The cenotaphs are built in a typical Rajput architecture, featuring open canopies and a number of tombs, each built for the member of the family. The tomb of Maharaja Surat Singh is quite interesting and presents Rajput paintings on its ceiling.

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary:

Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary falls in one of the regions around Bikaner. The sanctuary is situated about 32 kms from the city, on the Jaisalmer Road.
It is inhabited by wild boars, deer, antelopes, black bucks, desert foxes, hares and hundreds of bird species. The migratory water birds make up a special feature of the sanctuary.

Gajner Palace:

Gajner Palace - a summer resort of Bikaner Maharajas -has often been described as ' an incomparable jewel in the Thar desert'. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh ji of Bikaner, palace stands on the embankment of a lake.
The palace was used by Maharaja for grand shoots and lavish entertainment. Both Indian as well as international, Viceroys and other dignitaries has been entertained at this grand palace.
The architecture of Gajner palace is truly outstanding. Built in red sandstone with intricately carved pillars, jharokhas and screens, the craftsmanship here is amazing. Palace is surrounded by beautiful wooded area, now a preserved sanctuary which provides shelter to chinkaras , blackbucks, blue bull (neel gai) and flocks of imperial sand grouse. A part of palace has been transformed into hotel.

Kolayat, Famous Pilgrimage of Hindus:

Kolayat is a famous pilgrimage spot for Hindus across the world, nestling 51Km far from Bikaner on the highway leading towards Jaisalmer.
Its a beautiful religious ground blessed with series of charming marble, sandstone pavilions, temple with its 32 serene ghats built around an impressive artificial lake, which never dries in any season.
At the time of Kartik Purnima (Full Moon), huge fair takes place, when hundreds of Sadhus and pilgrims taking a holy dip in its lake, thus cleanse themselves from the sins they committed in life. Even the cattle fair takes place at the same time, one can trade for Camels in the festivals.

Bhandeshwar & Sandeshwar Temples:

There are two main Jain Temples "Bhandasar" and "Sandeshwar", located in the south east end of Bikaner.
The Bhandasar Jain Temple is dedicated to the fifth Tirthankar "Sumtinath" and the construction of the temple was started in1468 A.D. by a wealthy Jain merchant, Bhandasa Oswal.
According to myth, it is said, that 40, 000 kg of ghee had been used in laying the foundation of this temple. It is carved in red sand stone and white marble, famous for its carvings, paintings, structural beauty and artistically designed statues.
Whereas, the Sandeshwar Jain Temple is adores with the marble image of Sandeshwar and other Jain Tirthankars. This attractive Sandeshwar Temple is far famed for its superb carving around the doors, columns and painted pillars.

Camel Research Farm:

 
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This government managed station, 8km from Bikaner is probably unique in Asia. There are about 230 camels at the National Camel Research Center on Camels and three different breeds are reared here.
The British army had camel crops drawn from Bikaner during the World War I. There is not a great deal to see here, unless you have a camel fetish, but you can take a camel ride, visit baby camels and look around the small museum.
Visiting Hours: 1500 - 1700 (Daily).

How To Reach Bikaner

Fly Away: Direct flights from Delhi or Mumbai to Jodhpur which is the nearest airport around 200 km from Bikaner.
On Tracks: Convenient overnight trains from New Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
On Wheels: 1299 km from Mumbai, 754 km from Ahmedabad, 321 km from Jaipur, and 470 km from New Delhi.

Where To Stay in Bikaner

Please visit our exclusive section on Hotels in Bikaner to find the best accommodation in Bikaner.

Where To Shop in Bikaner

Bikaner can only be for the lover of the rustics, antiques and ethnics. City is renowned for stitched out of camel hide like camel leather shoes, camel leather chairs, camel fur rugs, camel leather belts, bags, miniature paintings on camel hides, wooden antiques, Mojari (Bikaneri style), Kundan work (jewelry), 'Nokha Quilts', beaded and sequined gorbandhs, lac bangles.
Silver and imitation jewelry, hand stitched local wear, colorful beads, sequins with hand-block printed patterns and metal are enchanting.
The main shopping area lies around Kote Gate (King Edward Memorial Road). The Khadi Emporium at Mahatma Gandhi Road offers local blankets, rugs, carpets, wood carvings and lacquer work at reasonable prices. At the entrance of the fort, there is an excellent craft shop run by Urmul Trust.